EUH Dressler Conference: What is the serologic course of Hepatitis B?

The Bottom Line: Hepatitis B serologic testing involves measurement of several hepatitis B virus (HBV)-specific antigens and antibodies. Different serologic “markers” or combinations of markers are used to identify different phases of HBV infection and to determine whether a patient has acute or chronic HBV infection, is immune to HBV as a result of prior infection or vaccination, or is susceptible to infection (CDC, 2016).

See CDC table and CDC chart for complete information.

References: CDC. (2016). Interpretation of Hepatitis B serologic test results [Table]. Hepatitis B FAQs for Health Professionals. Retrieved from

CDC. (2008). Acute Hepatitis B Virus infection with recovery [Chart]. California Department of Public Health: Hepatitis B. Retrieved from



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